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Reviews: True Map of the City
“The plot is clever and delicately developed, the symbolism is richly layered, and every scene leaves readers asking head-scratching questions. The hyperbolic level of bureaucracy and hypocrisy occasionally comes across as satire, but also has the dark edge of Orwellian fiction.
"Creating such a surreal, vaguely impossible atmosphere in a novel is a challenging task, but Guenther plays masterfully with philosophy and language to achieve a singular mood. The stark, matter-of-fact narration and the intimacy of Horus' inner monologue gives the prose a foreboding sense, while the flashes of humor and ridiculousness give the book an odd balance.
"Guenther fits a whole tangled tale into just over 100 pages, with few wasted words.
"Capped off with a . . . completely unexpected conclusion, A True Map of the City is a truly good read, and Guenther humbly proves himself as a literary descendant of Kafka himself.” --Editor, Self-Publishing Review
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Category Archives: filmmaking
Unforsaken reaches ScreenCraft Semifinals
Unforsaken began as a 1500 word short story, Saguaro Flat — 1909, written for the Palos Verdes Library’s 2017 November Writing month. Audience reaction when it was read at the Library in early 2018 inspired me to adapt it for … Continue reading
Focus KISS: Barri Evins on Story Simplicity
There’s a wealth of screenwriting advice on the Internerd. Too much, if anything. Every once in a while, something gets posted that’s really important and very well put. Check out the article by Barri Evins at Script: “Tell the damned … Continue reading
Twenty (20) Interesting Films
We saw some of these in class, some we viewed as homework or for special projects. You may find them amusing. American Beauty* Pay It Forward Almost Famous* The Abyss Lantana Bandits The Man Who Would Be King Ararat Matchstick … Continue reading
SU’s Tips for Online Screenplay Marketing
Screenwriting U has some great suggestions for selling film scripts. Check it out here: http://www.screenwritingu.com/blog/15-ways-sell-screenplay-online
Neil Gaiman Commencement Address 2012
If you haven’t seen this, you should take a few minutes, relax and watch one of the best, most honest speeches I’ve ever seen. Gaiman has a lot to say to artists and writers in a few words: H/t lightningdroplets.wordpress.com/ … Continue reading
Wim Wenders on Filmmaking
There is a brilliant article on MovieMaker that you should see if you care about such things. It’s titled: Wim Wenders’ 50 (that’s right, 50) Golden Rules of Moviemaking. This is the best such list I’ve seen in a long, … Continue reading